A Rosa Parks Spirit award was given to Veterans Community Project, represented by Chris Stout and Kevin Jamison, Heather Hall, Kansas City, Missouri City Council, 1st District, and Teresa Loar, Kansas City, Missouri City Council, 2nd District At-Large. This group of leaders received the Community Partner Award, which is presented to an individual or organization that demonstrates collaboration and innovation to improve public transit and the quality of life in Kansas City.
Veterans Community Project (VCP), along with Councilwomen Hall and Loar, were honored for their roles in providing veterans free fares on RideKC transit. Loar reached out to Hall for her support on various aspects of VCP's program, including transit for veterans. VCP recently opened its headquarters at 8900 Troost, where they are distributing the transit passes for veterans. Led by Chris Stout and Kevin Jamison, VCP purchased the equipment to generate photo ID digital passes for veterans that allow them to ride free throughout the region. VCP also has started a village of "Tiny Homes" in south Kansas City, and offers a wide range of services for veterans, including mentoring, legal assistance, and job coaching.
More than 2,200 veterans have obtained a RideKC Veterans Pass so far.
The Rosa Parks Spirit Awards celebrate individuals and organizations that, in the spirit of Civil Rights Leader Rosa Parks, are making a difference in metro Kansas City and in public transit. This marks the fifth year for the awards, whose honorees have included U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, one of KCATA’s first black bus operators Ray Harris, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the Downtown Council.
Kevin Jamison, Veterans Community Project, helps veterans get their RideKC Veterans Pass at the 2017 Stand Down.